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Haydn Sonata in C Minor, Hob. XVI/20

Discussion in 'Submission Room' started by jlr43, Nov 20, 2011.

  1. jlr43

    jlr43 Member Piano Society Artist

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    Composed ca. 1771, this is perhaps the best-known and greatest of the earlier Haydn sonatas. It is probably the most effectively written for the piano until the late sonatas. Haydn's use of dynamic markings is more explicit here, and it contains the composer's first known use of a crescendo (although this was probably a later addition in the 1780s). The first movement is one of my personal favorites.

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    Joe

    Haydn - Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI No. 20, I: Moderato

    Haydn - Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI No. 20, II: Andanta con Moto

    Haydn - Sonata in C minor, Hob. XVI No. 20, III: Allegro
     
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    Hi again, Joe.
    This sounded nice, your playing here is very good! Especially all those ornaments and trills, which are very clean! Boy, seems like Haydn was trying to out do Scarlatti or something. I like that first movement a lot too. It sounds to me like a combination of Mozart and Beethoven.

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    Good point. I've often thought some of the Haydn sonatas had a similar sound to Scarlatti. One that particularly comes to mind is the first movement of the A-flat Major, the first one I submitted. I must admit, though, that while Haydn's ornaments can be tricky and plentiful, Scarlatti's are more so in both respects :)

    Thanks very much for listening, Monica.
     

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